SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four female service members filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Pentagon’s ban on women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the prohibition will have on morale. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, is the second one this year over the 1994 rule that bars women from being assigned to ground combat units, which are smaller and considered more dangerous since they are often in battle for longer periods. The legal effort comes less than a year after the ban on gays serving openly was lifted and as officials are surveying Marines about whether women would be a distraction in ground combat units. Women comprise 14 percent of the 1.4 million active military personnel. The lawsuit alleges that women are barred from 238,000 positions across the Armed Forces.
Movie Quoter’s token “Guy without a Penis” Kati Cawley hit it right on the head when we were talking about this around the Q water-cooler this morning: “I wonder if they knew they were hurting their cause by putting her (Marine Colleen Farrell above) up front? Hubba hubba.”
As a fan of sexism, I have to agree with my esteemed colleague. I’m not questioning their bravery and I’m certainly thankful for their service, but if you’re trying to argue that these women should be on the the front lines, why would you pick the only one you’d want to hook up with as your spokeswoman at the press conference? Any one of them in the back row, I’d gladly give a riffle, some grenades and a stern pat on the butt when I point to the battle field. Lt. Farrell, however, you’ve just been promoted to General so you’ll have to call the shots from an undisclosed location in Arizona.
Where I can give you the Aunt Jemima treatment:
Harold Ramis is the greatest comic talent of the last 100 years to never star in his own movie. He’s shared the stage with Bill Murray in Stripes, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, but it is as a writer that he’s a genius. Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Back to School, Animal House, Groundhog Day and Analyze This. He also directed Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Analyze This and National Lampoon’s Vacation. Always the straight man, while secretly the funniest guy in the room. Here’s a quick tribute to Harold at 68:
The Patron Saint of Movie Quoter, Mr. Bill Murray is celebrating his 62nd birthday and what better way to celebrate than to have the self proclaimed Quote Master General himself, your ol’ Uncle Buck, to give you 62 big quotes from the King’s legendary career. Really, its “no big deal.”
BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her ‘‘serious medical need,’’ a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Michelle Kosilek was born male but has received hormone treatments and now lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in the killing of his wife in 1990. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate. Kosilek first sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity. In his 126-page ruling Tuesday, Wolf found that surgery is the ‘‘only adequate treatment’’ for Kosilek and that ‘‘there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek’s Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care.’’
Well I’m officially out of shock when it comes to what will happen in the great state of Massachusetts. I mean you just can’t make this stuff up. In fact this is such a messed up story, I’m gonna skip the lay up that would be “It puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again” and lighten the mood with Bill Murray’s portrayal of Bunny Breckinridge in Ed Wood and his tales of a failed sex change operation in Mexico…Enjoy.